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Unit 2.3 Collaborative development Tools
Introduction to Wiki

The main URL of the Wiki web site A Wiki is “a website which allows its users to add, modify, or delete its content via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a rich-text editor Wikis are powered by wiki software. Most are created collaboratively” (Wikipedia Wiki 2012). Wiki true to its meaning uses a quick and easy syntax rather than the complex html code to publish on the web. It empowers users to do formatting of text, create hyperlinked pages, and develop learning material. The main strength of a wiki is that it gives people separated by time and distance, the ability to work collaboratively on the same document. You only need an internet browser. It is widely used as platform to share ideas, discuss, and collaborate. Any wiki site runs on a software called Mediawiki. It is a Free and Open source software. Wiki is used for a variety of purposes. It is used for building communities like WikiEducator- community of teachers. Wikipedia is an online encyclopaedia. Wiki is gaining popularity round the world because of the community base it supports and entices. It invites like-minded people to come and work together on web base platform. If you make a mistake, it is easy to revert to an earlier version of the document.

Advantages of using Wiki

The advantages of using a wiki are given below.

• Anyone can edit, as it is easy to use and learn. • Wikis are instantaneous so there is no need to wait for a publisher to create a new edition or update information. It empowers non-technical users to web publishing. • It promotes collaboration as people located in different parts of the world can work on the same document. • It allows the learners to make mistakes and learn from it as it keeps track of every edit made and at any time the error can be rectified. Reverting to a previous version of document is a simple process. • It is a flexible tool with no predefined structure and thus can be contextualised as per the learning situations. • Wiki allows constructivist pedagogy like cooperative learning where higher order thinking skills are exercised. • It practices 21st century skills like create, communicate, collaborate, above all manage, and evaluate online information. It supports connectivism. Wikis are very useful in education. You will enjoy going through these PowerPoint presentations

Wiki in Education

These presentations beautifully elaborate on the use of wiki in education.

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